Nothing happens (of interest). As awful as it is to say but 9/11 was the only chance that the characters might display their core humanity when confronted by a real shock to their beliefs and sense of safety. They are just the same as before.
Ann Patchett's writing is masterful. She is descriptive and original in the way she sees the world, and she has an understanding of character that gives the novel great depth. In addition, though I never cared a fig to read about the Amazon, she has made me appreciate that environment and makes me believe she understands the effect it would have upon the people who inhabit it. I don't know how much research goes into her ability to make the setting such an effective element in the book, but whether she really has traveled there or not, she seems like she has first hand knowledge. The plot itself carried me along. At a certain point, I just could not stop listening.
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